Whether you are watching a team fighting for a playoff spot or enduring the misery of another losing season, the beauty of September baseball is the wave of prospects that we get to see play in games.
I may have issues with the way that September roster expansion works, and how there is really no semblance of logic to it, but at least it gave us an opportunity, however brief, to see Nick Castellanos take the field for Detroit or Yordano Ventura pitch for Kansas City.
Even more important than that, however, is the experience it gives these players heading into the 2014 season. Some of them may not make the 25-man roster right out of spring training, but they are certainly on the radar and will have a leg up heading into camp.
Young players do take time to find their groove in Major League Baseball, so as we look back at what we have seen and what we expect next season, keep in mind that these are conservative estimates based on the steep learning curve it requires to be successful in this game.
With that said, here is a look at the top prospects called up by each team this September and their immediate future.
Note: All stats courtesy of MiLB.com and Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted. Stats through Wednesday, September 25.